Adventures in iPhone Land

Fellow Designer (FD): So you bought the iPhone?
Me: Yeah.
FD: So how do u find it?
Me: I don’t really like it.
FD: Why!
Me: Well it’s…eh…too simple.
FD: What? You don’t like the iPhone because it’s too simple and easy to use?
Me: Ah…well it is so simple that I find it does not perform to my expectations and needs. I should have done more research before I bought it. It does not even sync my Outlook notes and to-do lists!
Perhaps, to me it is simplistic rather than simple…the iPhone has applications that are very singular and specific.
Most of you loyal readers would know that I have written a lot about the iPhone on this blog (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and even secretly lusted after it! And so I’ve finally decided to buy an iPhone over the weekend. It was sort of an impulse buy, as I spent the last 2 months deliberating on getting a Nokia E71.
However, in the last week, I had a change of heart and went with an iPhone instead. The main driver for my decision was that I wanted a device, other than my PC, to be a central hub for my media consumption. The iPhone, to my limited testing so far, does this and only this job well.
Don’t worry Nokia, I’ll be back, but I just really wanted to find out what all the iPhone fuss was about!

7 Comments
  • erockalipse

    September 17, 2008 at 11:17 pm Reply

    I must say i have enjoyed everything about my Iphone and don’t understand the nit picking. The app store in Itunes allows you to download all the functions that fit each individuals needs and most people have no clue how to add features to the Iphone and think that the basic features are all that come with the phone. I suggest you go to the app store on Itunes and download some of the free applications to your phone.
    love your posts!

  • Kacy Arch

    September 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm Reply

    You got me now in doubts about Iphone, just before i wanted to buy it also. I will have to read more reviews, although this is the first little negative i have read about it. But, it seems problems with simplicity could be solved with that app store. The question is, do we have to pay for those apps ?

  • DT

    September 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm Reply

    @erockalipse: Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I don’t think this is nit picking at all! There is a certain expectation of what people call the “Jesus Phone” and I have to say some of it is hype. Also I have downloaded the apps from the store, sadly non replaces the to-do lists and notes syncing from Outlook. It how you work and what you need at the end of the day.
    @Kacy: Buyer beware! The iPhone is not everything it is made up to be, and check it out on Google there are a few negative posts on the iPhone. Just know what you are getting which is a platform for media consumption.

  • Dominique

    September 19, 2008 at 5:31 am Reply

    I too am a iPhone lover, must say as a freelancer the immense easy of receiving, sending, replying emails has been great, inclusive of PDFs, Word doc opening features. Sure I wish my tasks would sync from my Entourage – but hey life isn’t perfect right! The functionality is so simple, great for those who hate reading instructions and the web surfing awesome.

  • Time Tracker

    September 19, 2008 at 5:17 pm Reply

    I was using our dev team’s iPhone for a few days to test some new apps, and once I had to hand it back, my Sony Ericsson just wasn’t cutting it for me. Regarding the simplicity, I think that’s exactly the point isn’t it?

  • dt

    October 2, 2008 at 3:22 pm Reply

    N71 goot… iphone baaad…

  • Bruce

    January 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm Reply

    You got me now in doubts about Iphone, just before i wanted to buy it also. I will have to read more reviews, although this is the first little negative i have read about it. But, it seems problems with simplicity could be solved with that app store. The question is, do we have to pay for those apps ?

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